“You may or may not be aware that a female resident of the Ironbridge Gorge was assaulted on a local footpath recently. We believe she was assaulted by a cyclist (or someone riding a bike) on a stretch of footpath. We would like to express that we completely condemn this type of behaviour and would ask all cyclists to give way to pedestrians and show respect to all footpath users, the law is clear that footpaths are a right of way for walkers, whereas bridleways are for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. There are also some segregated cycle tracks that split the cyclists and the walkers apart . Please…simply share the space we have responsibly and if anyone has information on this person please make contact with our local Police. Remember, ride respectfully and with the care of others in mind, always”
Cycle Tracks. These are normally located away from the road, but may occasionally be found alongside footpaths or pavements. Cyclists and pedestrians may be segregated or they may share the same space (unsegregated). When using segregated tracks you MUST keep to the side intended for cyclists as the pedestrian side remains a pavement or footpath. Take care when passing pedestrians, especially children, older or disabled people, and allow them plenty of room. Always be prepared to slow down and stop if necessary. Take care near road junctions as you may have difficulty seeing other road users, who might not notice you.
Law HA 1835 sect 72
Cycle Lanes. These are marked by a white line (which may be broken) along the carriageway (see Rule 140). When using a cycle lane, keep within the lane when practicable. When leaving a cycle lane check before pulling out that it is safe to do so and signal your intention clearly to other road users. Use of cycle lanes is not compulsory and will depend on your experience and skills, but they can make your journey safer.